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France Ends Three-Strikes Law, Stops Threatening To Take The Web From Pirates

France halts its anti-piracy law that punished repeat offenders caught illegally downloading content.

France Ends Three-Strikes Law, Stops Threatening To Take The Web From Pirates

Good news for downloaders in France. The country’s three-strikes anti-piracy law has been suspended. Under the policy, local courts were able to punish repeat offenders who were caught illegally downloading content by suspending their Internet connections for up to a month.

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The law had been applauded by the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, but derided by France’s culture minister as being disproportionately severe. Instead of targeting individual downloaders, the French government is focusing on commercial piracy. Pirates aren’t in the clear though; those who share files illegally can still face fines up to 1,500 euros ($1,923).

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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